Fusion…

I guess I can safely say that all the western ones here in Sibu are what they call fusion cafés and restaurants, none that is strictly focussed on one specific kind of cuisine e.g. an all-Italian restaurant perhaps.

In other words, you may be able to order some very nice pasta or pizza at one place or a lovely piece of steak or lamb chop at another and yet, you can find some more familiar options on their menu like mee mamak or chao chai hung ngang, for instance.

I was watching a programme on TV the other day and they were picking the best ever fusion dish in, I guess, KL and it got me thinking – a fusion dish? Yes, I can think of a few nice ones that I enjoy right here in our little town like the tom yam spaghetti…

here or their just-as-nice belimbing (buloh) prawn spaghetti…

…too.

Another fusion dish that I enjoyed is the daging masak hitam kampua mee combo…

…from this place here. They also serve their sizzling seafood kampua mee which seems to go down pretty well with some of their customers but no, it did not really tickle my fancy.

Once, they tried the fusion of our Foochow bagel, the kompia, with spicy cheese chicken

…but I don’t think they still have that on their menu anymore.

On the other hand, the people of this local franchise use the chu nu miang (the bigger, softer and slightly sweeter version of the kompia) instead of those regular bread burger buns to make their own fusion burgers – I tried the fish…

…but I think they have beef and whatever else too. They must be doing pretty well as they have been around for quite a long time already and to this very day, you can still see their stalls…

…at many coffee shops all over town.

Well, moving on from those, quite recently, we went and checked out this fairly new place in town and we asked for their babi bakar (grilled/barbecued pork) to be served with their aglio olio

…at a special price of RM32.00 for the two together. You can order them as two separate dishes but we chose to have the fusion of the two. It turned out that the meat tasted like very well-caramelised char siew (barbecued pork) and was really very nice – we truly enjoyed the two together (even though the pasta could have been cooked a little longer that night).

I don’t know if the stall at this coffee shop is still around or not but at one time, the tom yam kampua mee

…did draw a lot of attention and yes, I did go and try it too.

I thought the Bovril minced pork pasta…

here was quite nice as well just that I am not too sure as to whether it qualifies as a fusion dish or not, considering that Bovril is made in England and pasta is Italian.

This fusion dish definitely swept me off my feet, their creamy tom yam giant freshwater prawn spaghetti served in a coconut

It was so good that I simply had to go back there again for more. Unfortunately, they closed down all their outlets here including the one where this was available to focus on their business interests in Kuching and Bintulu. They did reopen another place here later and word has it that the menu there is still the same, dunno if they have this or not, but I have yet to go and check it out. Gotta get down to doing that one of these days.

There may be some more fusion dishes around town that I enjoyed but I can’t think of any right now. Perhaps if there are more, I shall have something to feature in another post. We’ll see…

PAYUNG CAFÉ (2.284049, 111.833014) is located at No.20F, Lanang Road, Sibu, Malaysia, back to back with the multi-storey car park of the Kingwood Hotel which faces the majestic Rejang River and NOODLE HOUSE (2.291406,111.829162) is located somewhere in the area immediately behind the Sibu Central Police Station at No. 2B, Ground Floor, Lorong Laichee 1, accessible either from Hua Kiew Road or Laichee Lane while OINKS Sibu (2.286075, 111.847044is located at Sublot 7-01, Ground Floor, Hann’s Commercial Centre, Jalan Wong King Huo. and SE7EN CAFE (2.280045, 111.840458) is located at No.38, G/F, Jalan Aman, right next to The Pallet BBQ Steamboat & Buffet.

Author: suituapui

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7 thoughts on “Fusion…”

  1. I think they are very creative to create all those yummy looking spaghetti and noodles. All looks so so good but I doubt the tom yam kampua mee. Does it taste great with tom yam? It looks good though but sometimes looks can be deceiving.

    It was nice, tasted great! But of course, it was not quite like kampua mee anymore with the added sourish tom yam taste.

  2. Among all, I like the last dish! That must be so so good… tomyam prawns in coconut.. creamy some more… yummss!!

    Yes, the one that they chose as the best fusion dish on that TV show was fettucine masak lemak, something quite similar as well. This one was so good that I had to go back for it again a second round!!! The prawns, of course, were a killer! Yum yum!!!

  3. So many flavours that we don’t have in Johore.
    Especially, the belimbing one. I thought it was starfruit, remember? Then you told me, no it’s not from the fruit.
    We do use spaghetti in Johore laksa, but to be honest I have not had spaghetti in laksa all my life before.
    But I do love our local mee rebus and lontong.
    Our mee rebus is sweet, elsewhere it’s kinda towards the savoury side.
    I also like our lontong, now I can’t really compare lontong from other states cos I have not tried other lontong.
    Ours comes with spicy sambal and sweet peanut sauce. The coconut gravy is aromatic and white.
    Got kubis and kacang panjang too. What does Sibu lontong look like?

    1. We do not have lontong here, just once in a blue moon, we may get to buy from the stalls
      like at the Ramadan Bazaar for instance. Here you are! If you check my old posts you may get to see…
      https://suituapui.wordpress.com/2009/10/30/the-7-lontong-song/
      Used to love the one at one Peranakan lane off Orchard Road in Singapore, 1973 – Lontong House, I think it was called.
      But lontong & mee rebus are not fusion dishes ,are they?
      We do have instant Sarawak laksa using ramen from our celebrated Sibu brand – very nice!
      https://suituapui.wordpress.com/2019/10/11/branching-out/

  4. I received some belimbing buluh from my friend so definitely I am interested in the belimbing with prawns dish. The prawn in the coconut looks and sounds delicious.

    We enjoy that belimbing prawn dish here so so much! Not easy to find that wild fruit here so the dish may not always be available. Will surely order if it is!

  5. There are many fusion cafe in Kuching as well, which some is good. Not all. I like fusion, as we can choose what cuisine we like in one place.

    I like the last dish. Tom yum!! Yummy.

    Yes, some are real CONfusion cafes, jack of all trades, master of none. The western dishes aren’t quite there and the local favourites are nowhere near what we can get at the cheap coffee shops.
    I think the giant freshwater prawn noodles at Glory Cafe in Sarikei is served like that too, in a coconut – they have the tom yam version as well, if I am not wrong.

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